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NickF last won the day on November 28 2014

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  • Birthday 02/10/1961

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    Colonel Mustard ( only a canoe!)
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  1. I agree I love Gaixholme ... that pound looks pretty full!
  2. I have lost track of how many companies I have hired from since I first went on a hire boat in 1972..... the best briefing / training I have had was without a doubt Caley cruisers. But then they do have to cover things like drogue anchors and navigation buoys. The other extreme was " your boat's over there on the other side, go and get it and go when your ready"
  3. If you ever spot me Jennifer McM I am the one grinning from ear to ear 24/7 as I am having my canal "fix"!
  4. I have done it in an Oxfordshire narrow boats hire boat which has quite a low bow, and a well deck draining through scuppers by gravity. We had no problems, very little ingress through the scuppers and if anything came in it went out pretty quickly. We had a couple of splashes over the bow which drained quickly through the open scuppers. My advice is leave them open (and shut your bow doors when not in use!) As others have said the worst for kicking up a wake are the Ribs, followed by "City cruiser" trip boats, the high speed clippers make very little wake. Have a fun trip!
  5. I am sure Waiorou has one http://www.narrowboat-waiouru.co.uk/2017/04/waiouru-is-for-sale.html
  6. NickF


    Ah ... good point ... I should have read the article properly!
  7. NickF


    Unfortunately if the cycl;ist did have insurance you would never have know so it wouldn't have made any difference! Having said that I do agree that cyclists should be insured, I am a cyclist and I do have third party insurance. Fortunately I have never had to make a claim. I suppose the sort of cyclist that takes out voluntary insurance is probably not the soirt of cyclist that is likely to cause trouble!
  8. My guess is if Roland has a tandem and rides it at up to 75kph he is probably using disc brakes. Although my tandem has a disc at the back it also has rim brakes which are operated by the stoker ( back rider ) if needed so I suppose the brake block theory could apply. We have been over 50mph on our schwable plus tyres ...as Roland suggests a burst tyre at that speed sounds scary! May be it's time for new tyres.
  9. Another vote for schwable marathon plus......I have done 1500 puncture free miles on mine. They are a bit heavier than a standard tyre and a bit tight to fit but well worth it.
  10. What fantastic lines, what a thing of beauty! Not sure why it's on this forum but nice to see it.
  11. Good point ... our dog has always been really sure footed and never fallen in off the boat. The year after she had to have her eye out she fell off the bank on the blind side a few times but she got used to it after that!
  12. I find even semi trad tricky with a dog, it makes it hard for her to get on and off .. I would definitely go for a cruiser stern Also I don't think there is any point in having a narrow boat unless you have to get it through a 7ft wide gap ... why would you?... So definitely I would suggest narrow canals for at least part of your journey. As for hire companies I like Oxfordshire Narrow Boats and shire cruisers ... I am not so keen on Alvechurch, some of their fleet is very old and tired (IMO) ... I think Napton are pretty good but I have never hired from them. Wherever you go on whatever boat I hope you have a great time!
  13. Marsden ......but don't tell everyone!
  14. Ideal for those moorings where you just can't quite get close enough to the bank.
  15. Personally I would prefer one large boat, then everyone is together and easier for doing the locks. As others have said above if you take two boats i would definitely choose a wide canal so you can share locks.
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